Tagged: c#

TLS PSK C# 0

How to support TLS PSK in C# (Pre-shared key)

TLS PSK (Pre-shared key) support in C# and .NET is very hard to come by. And is not natively supported. The SSLStream class in both .NET framework and .NET Core does not currently support getting SSL/TLS connections with the PSK or PSK-DHE Ciphersuites. The TLS-PSK implementation in OpenSSL has seen many security flaws in recent years, mostly because it is used only by a minority of applications. Please consider all alternative solutions before switching to PSK ciphers.  https://nodejs.org/api/tls.html To actually make this work you have to look for alternatives such as SSL termination proxies, or other programming languages all together. Resources to look into: wolfSSL C# Wrapper The wolfSSL C# wrapper gives the ability to make use of the TLS/SSL security perfected from IoT and embedded devices in C# development....

The most dangerous constructor in .NET 12

The most dangerous constructor in .NET

You should never instantiate a X509Certificate2 with the “new” keyword if you can avoid it, it is one of the most dangerous constructors in .NET – X509Certificate2, and if you do, you must be aware of these gotchas. Doing this wrong can mean you flood your disk with one-time use files, that are never removed. If you load in a new X509Certificate2 from a file by calling the public X509Certificate2 (string fileName, SecureString password); constructor, or similar constructor then you will without knowing it, create a brand new file on your disk, and this will happen every time you new it up. When you instantiate a X509Certificate2 from disk, say from a .pfx file, a new storage file of 3-4kb will be created in one of the following places depending...

Get started with .NET Generic Host 2

Get started with .NET Generic Host

Learn how Microsoft made it easier to bootstrap your new .NET Core project and get started with .NET Generic host. In the version bump to .NET Core 2.1, Microsoft added the .NET Generic Host, which is a non-web version of the WebHost that runs ASP.NET Core. The thought behind this addition was to allow us to re-use the tools that we use in ASP.NET, such as dependency injection and logging abstractions of Microsoft.Extensions. Later on, in ASP.NET Core 3.0 and 3.1, they moved ASP.NET to run on .NET Generic Host instead of the previously used WebHost, merging the two approaches together to make them truly the same. Now we can build our console applications, systemd’s, windows services or web apps on the same underlying hosting paradigm, with the same shared...

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You don’t need a IDesignTimeDbContextFactory

If you have ever gotten the error message, that tells you to add IDesignTimeDbContextFactory to your project, when doing EF Core migrations. This particular one: Unable to create an object of type ‘MyContext’. Add an implementation of ‘IDesignTimeDbContextFactory’ to the project, or see https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=851728 for additional patterns supported at design time. You will probably be scratching your head, asking some questions and maybe even swear a little. Because the console will tell you to implemnt a IDesignTimeDbContextFactory so that is But don’t fret, you don’t need one. You can avoid it by having making sure of the following: The entire solution must be buildable and be able to run! If you have a project that cannot build, you can exclude it with the build configuration manager. Default constructor For the system to...

Nuget + XML docs + Swagger 11

Add NuGet package XML documentation to Swagger

Copy XML documentation from NuGet package to project build folder! At my current client, we are building an API that is put together by re-usable “API parts”, eg. ASP.NET Core Application Parts, which works wonders by the way. We can have multiple parts of the API split into small NuGet packages that can be re-used in other systems, that way we only have to implement system specific code, the rest is reused, including documentation etc. Talking about documentation, brings us directly to the issue. We use SwashBuckle to generate our Swagger definition and Swagger UI, and Swashbuckle requires XML documentation, to be able to include documentation from our Controllers and models. I thought we could probably just add a checkbox “Add XML documentation from NuGet package, on build”, but… Unfortunately...

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Immutable Records could be added in C# 8.x

There are talks about this feature being postponed to a minor version after 8.0 is released, as it might not be ready for the major C# 8.0 release. The features for C# 8.0 still hasn’t been decided yet, so that means this information is still subject to change! Since Microsoft rebuilt the C# compiler into what is now the Roslyn compiler, the language teams’ feature implementation speed has been phenomenal, they are cranking features out in record time.  Pro C# 7: With .NET and .NET Core Microsoft is committed to continuously update the C# language. They have even given us incremental updates of features that were not yet ready for the major versions release date and subsequently added it in minor language updates, such as C# 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3....

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Redis connection issues

At my current client, we have been dealing with an ongoing problem while scaling their cloud systems to the ever increasing customer-base. As it is with any software that needs to scale, we’ve been seeing and solving scalability problems along the way. Anyone who has ever dealt with scaling a system to accommodate a lot of concurrent users, knows that issues will be showing up places you aren’t expecting. While scaling the system, we’ve made it more resilient and fault tolerant, and also learned to mitigate many of the problems as they are arising. We’ve improved logging and metrics, so we know exactly what is happening, and can see stability problems before they affect the end-users. Redis loses connection, and will not reconnect In our system, we use StackExchange.Redis(v1.2.6) to...

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Re-use Controllers, Views and Tag-helpers in ASP.NET Core

I recently ran into a situation, where I needed to implement the same functionality, the same views and even the same tag-helpers for different customers. Like most other developers I hate copy-pasting code that should be shared across multiple projects. I had come across a similar need a few years back, but remembered that it was cumbersome in ASP.NET 3-5, to achieve this, and the solutions back then didn’t feel right. But since my recent switch to dotnet core, I knew there was a chance that Microsoft had a prepared an early christmas present for me. So I started researching my options, searching for titles similar to this blog post, and finally found a solution on the third place on google (Yes I was that desperate). Introducing Application Parts /...